Northern Ireland has two financial support schemes with awards ranging from £2,500 to £100,000 to support event organisers in attracting business events to the region.

Our association support scheme is open to not-for-profit organisations which can be used for events taking place between 2023-2030. A new corporate and incentive scheme has also recently been launched for events taking place in the financial year 2023/2024.

Information on both schemes can be found below including key details, eligibility criteria and financial support available. Follow the links for more details and to download the application pack.

Both schemes are administered by Visit Belfast and the business events team are on hand to assist with your application and any queries you may have. Please apply early to avoid disappointment as funding awards are made on a rolling basis.

Corporate & Incentive Support Scheme

  • Open to corporate, agency & incentive events
  • Minimum 100 out of state bednights
  • Awards of £2,500 up to £50,000 available 
  • £50 per out-of-state delegate
  • Events must take place between 1st April 2023 and 31st March 2024. Closing date 5pm on Friday 24th February 2023

Association Support Scheme

  • Open to not for profit associations bringing a minimum of 100 out-of-state delegates for at least one night
  • Awards of £5,000 – £100,000 available
  • Funding will be determined based on the number of attendees in-person (£50 per out-of-state delegate)
  • Applications can be made now for conferences taking place from 2022 – 2030

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